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NHS trusts call in the bailiffs to chase ineligible patients’ debts

Despite their heavy-handed methods the collection firms manage to recoup very littleThree-quarters of NHS hospital trusts in England are using private debt firms to chase treatment costs from overseas patients and refused asylum seekers in a practice branded “inhumane” by critics, the Observer can reveal.Debt recovery firms have pursued thousands of patients for millions of pounds in recent years, prompting complaints of harassing phone calls and intimidating doorstep visits. The debts relate to...
Tags: UK news, NHS, Immigration and asylum, Health, Society


Home Office has utterly failed in immigration detention, MPs find

Irresponsibility led to people being wrongly detained, committee chair says The Home Office approach to immigration detention is careless and cavalier and has led to people being wrongfully detained, an influential parliamentary committee has concluded.The home affairs select committee said in a scathing report that the department had overseen serious failings in almost every area of the immigration detention process. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Yvette Cooper, Home Office, Refugees


Shamima Begum family challenge Javid's citizenship decision

Relatives say it was unfair to remove UK citizenship when others who went to Isis territory were allowed backThe family of Shamima Begum has formally started court challenges against the home secretary, saying Sajid Javid’s decision to strip the teenager of her citizenship is unfair because hundreds of Britons who went to Islamic State territory have been allowed back.Begum fled her east London family for Syria in February 2015, aged 15, along with two school friends after reading terrorist prop...
Tags: Politics, UK, Isis, London, Law, Islamic State, UK News, World news, Syria, Immigration and asylum, Sajid Javid, Shamima Begum, Javid, Begum, Special Immigration Appeals Commission


Home Office held 'illegal interview' with asylum seeker

Woman attended immigration centre in Sheffield and was met by Zimbabwean officialsConcerns have been raised that the Home Office acted illegally when it invited Zimbabwean government officials to interview an asylum seeker at an immigration centre.The Zimbabwean woman, who has been in the UK for more than 16 years and has an ongoing asylum claim, attended Vulcan House in Sheffield in December to find Zimbabwean officials waiting to speak to her. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Africa, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Sheffield, Zimbabwe, Vulcan House


Home Office apologises for failings that led to detention centre death

Officials admit shortcomings at inquest into death of man who was killed by another detaineeA senior Home Office official has repeatedly apologised for shortcomings that led to the killing of a “gentle and polite” man in immigration detention at an inquest into his death.West London coroner’s court is exploring the role of the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice, health professionals and detention centre subcontractors in the death of Tarek Chowdhury, from Bangladesh. The 64 year old was killed...
Tags: Iraq, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Heathrow, Bangladesh, West London, Colnbrook, Zana Assad Yusif, Tarek Chowdhury, Home Office the Ministry of Justice


Thousands of children 'could become undocumented' after Brexit

Children of EU nationals at risk of becoming new Windrush generation, says legal charity CoramThousands of children of EU nationals risk becoming a new “Windrush generation”, a children’s legal charity has said.They are concerned that vulnerable children could become undocumented in the same way as the Caribbean children who came to the UK decades ago only to suffer at the hands of the Home Office’s hostile environment decades later. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Foreign Policy, Home Office, Caribbean, Brexit, Windrush scandal


Mosque attacks and the narrative of exclusion | Letters

Guardian readers respond to the Christchurch shootingsJonathan Freedland (We must confront the right’s hate preachers, 16 March) is right to castigate Viktor Orbán, Matteo Salvini and Donald Trump for their anti-Islamic rhetoric. But we must not omit the part played by British politicians in deliberately adopting language that promotes hatred of religious and racial groups. Boris Johnson’s “letterboxes”, David Cameron’s “swarm” of migrants, Theresa May’s “Go home” posters, Sajid Javid’s “asylum ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, US, David Cameron, World news, US news, Australian immigration and asylum, Immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Theresa May, Islam, New Zealand, Boris Johnson, Sajid Javid, Donald Trump, Christchurch


Visa extension to boost numbers of overseas students in UK after Brexit

New measures will allow international students to seek employment for up to a yearInternational students will be given visa extensions of up to a year to look for work in the UK as part of a package of government measures to boost numbers of overseas students after Brexit.The move represents a break with current policy, where students are allowed to stay for just four months after graduation. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Students, Education, European Union, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Foreign Policy, Higher Education, Universities, International Students, Brexit


Spring statement policies focus on Brexit and hi-tech future

Chancellor promises a global Britain and announces funds for science and digital projectsThe chancellor outlined a package of measures at the spring statement designed to prepare Britain for life outside the EU, as well as for the hi-tech digital jobs of the future.Alongside the central update on the economy, other announcements made by Philip Hammond included: Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Science, Technology, Eu, Communities, Society, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Britain, Digital Media, Philip Hammond, Brexit, Digital Britain, Spring statement 2019


Home Office under fire over man’s death in immigration detention

Tarek Chowdhury from Bangladesh was killed by another detainee at ColnbrookThe Home Office is under fire about how a “gentle and polite” man lost his life to a killer with a history of violence and mental health problems after officials locked them both up on the same wing in immigration detention.An inquest which opened on Monday at west London coroner’s court is to explore the role of the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice, health professionals and detention centre subcontractors in the deat...
Tags: London, Iraq, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Heathrow, Bangladesh, Colnbrook, Zana Assad Yusif, Tarek Chowdhury, ColnbrookThe Home Office, Home Office the Ministry of Justice


Brexit: 'Home Office should lose its immigration duties'

Ministers have no clear policy and operations need urgent review, says thinktank reportThe Home Office is the wrong department to manage immigration after Brexit, says a highly critical report by the Institute for Government (IfG) thinktank.The department is pressing ahead with the full rollout of a registration scheme for an estimated 3.8 million EU citizens from 30 March, but the report lays bare systemic flaws in the Home Office and calls for an “urgent” root-and-branch review of its immigra...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Foreign Policy, Home Office, Sajid Javid, Brexit, Institute for Government IfG, Windrush scandal, reportThe Home Office


Commonwealth veterans face UK visa fees and deportation

British Legion says treatment of ex-soldiers is ‘a poor way to say thank-you’Hundreds of Commonwealth military veterans who risked their lives serving in the UK armed forces face spiralling debts after being forced to pay “exorbitant” visa fees to remain in the country after their discharge, campaigners have said.Before Commonwealth Day on Monday, the Royal British Legion is calling on the government to scrap the fees as a matter of urgency, saying it is scant thanks for veterans. Continue readi...
Tags: UK, Society, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Military, Royal Air Force, Charities, Voluntary sector, Commonwealth of Nations, British Army, Royal Navy, Commonwealth, Royal British Legion, British Legion


Home Office to amend registration rules for vulnerable EU citizens

Out-of-court settlement reached following charity’s threat to seek judicial review The Home Office has reached an out-of-court settlement with a charity that had threatened a judicial review over the registration system for EU citizens.The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) agreed to drop its application for a judicial review after Sajid Javid’s department made changes to its guidance to caseworkers in relation to vulnerable citizens. Continue reading...
Tags: Eu, European Union, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Sajid Javid, Brexit, The Home Office, Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants JCWI


Relax rules on asylum seekers working in UK, say leading artists

Letter to Guardian signed by 39 notable figures says strict laws are ‘so plainly unjust’A group of actors, artists and other notable figures including Jodie Whittaker, Jude Law, Anna Friel and Antony Gormley have made a joint appeal to the government to relax the strict laws barring people seeking asylum in the UK from paid work.The letter to the Guardian, signed by 39 people also including the author Michael Morpurgo and the actors Freema Agyeman, Joanna Lumley, Miriam Margolyes and Miranda Ric...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Culture, Television & radio, Guardian, Michael Morpurgo, Joanna Lumley, Jude Law, Antony Gormley, Miranda Richardson, Jodie Whittaker, Jodie Whittaker Jude Law Anna Friel, Freema Agyeman Joanna Lumley Miriam Margolyes


Right to Rent scheme ruled incompatible with human rights law

Scheme forces landlords to check immigration status of tenants and is key plank of Theresa May’s ‘hostile environment’ policyA key plank of Theresa May’s “hostile environment” immigration policy has been declared incompatible with human rights law in a damning ruling handed down at the high court.The controversial Right to Rent scheme forces private landlords to check the immigration status of tenants and potential tenants. Unlimited fines or even a prison sentence can be levied under the policy...
Tags: Politics, Housing, Communities, Society, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Theresa May


Rights threatened by immigration bill | Letters

Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP, Caroline Lucas MP and others explain their objections to the government’s immigration billThe government’s immigration bill is a threat to the rights of millions of people, and we oppose it. When the bill comes to its third reading in March, we urge all MPs to vote against it.The immigration bill will extend the hostile environment to European migrants, putting them into the same system that brought us the Windrush scandal. The income thresholds introduced by the bill wil...
Tags: Politics, Human Rights, Law, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Caroline Lucas, Lloyd Russell Moyle


Government relents on rights of EU citizens after MP quits

Alberto Costa forced to resign as PPS despite government later backing his amendmentAll today’s political developments - live updatesThe government has caved in to pressure over the fate of EU citizens in the event of a no-deal Brexit and agreed to go back to Brussels to seek a deal to ringfence their rights.Its decision follows a morning of chaos during whichthe Conservative MP who tabled the amendment proposing the move was forced to quit his government post, and the home secretary said he saw...
Tags: Politics, Eu, Conservatives, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, House Of Commons, Brussels, Sajid Javid, Brexit, PPS, Alberto Costa


Deportation for being single? This shows the real bigotry gay people face | Ben Smoke

Yew Fook Sam’s case exposes the endemic culture of xenophobia that goes unchallenged in the Home OfficeLast week, it was revealed that a 67-year-old man faces deportation to Malaysia because Home Office officials, and a tribunal judge, refuse to believe he is gay. Yew Fook Sam, known as Sam, came out two years ago and spent 10 months in Harmondsworth immigration removal centre. He arrived in the UK in 2005 after his wife found out he had been having sex with ladyboys in Thailand and left him.The...
Tags: UK, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Thailand, Asia Pacific, Theresa May, Malaysia, LGBT rights, Home Office, Sam, Harmondsworth, Ben Smoke, Yew Fook Sam


Immigration check outcry sees officers removed by councils

Local authorities scrapping embedded Home Office staff amid fears vulnerable people are put off seeking helpLabour councils are removing Home Office immigration officers embedded within local authorities after calls from party members and councillors to stop enabling policies that lead to a “hostile environment” for migrants.Embedded officials sit in on meetings between councils and vulnerable migrant families and ensure the Home Office is made aware of each person that registers for emergency f...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, Society, UK News, Civil Service, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Local Government


'No, I’m a Londoner': Top Boy's Yann Demange on his tussle with identity in the US

Filmmaker was born to French-Algerian parents and made his home, and his name, in multicultural London. But he never felt a sense of belonging. Then Hollywood called … Where are you from? It’s a question I’ve always had a hard time with. And since moving to the US four years ago, I’m asked it on a regular basis. Maybe it’s the combination of a brownish face, London accent and French names that throws people off. Who knows? But this question, hearing it asked over and over these past few years, h...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, London, Television, Film, US, UK News, US news, Immigration and asylum, Culture, Television & radio, Yann Demange


Jamaican high commissioner calls for halt of deportations from UK

After emotional meeting of relatives of those deported earlier this month commissioner calls for pauseThe Jamaican high commissioner has called for a suspension of deportations to Jamaica until the Home Office has published its investigation into the Windrush scandal.At an emotional meeting of relatives of people who were deported to Jamaica earlier this month, held at the Jamaican High Commission in London, the high commissioner, Seth George Ramocan, said that he was particularly concerned abou...
Tags: UK, London, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Britain, Home Office, Jamaica, Commonwealth immigration, Windrush scandal, Jamaican High Commission, Seth George Ramocan


Jamaican high commissioner calls for halt to deportations from UK

Top diplomat hosts emotional meeting of relatives of those deported this monthThe Jamaican high commissioner has called for a suspension of deportations to Jamaica until the Home Office has published its investigation into the Windrush scandal.At an emotional meeting of relatives of people who were deported to Jamaica earlier this month, held at the Jamaican high commission in London, the high commissioner, Seth George Ramocan, said he was particularly concerned about the deportation of people w...
Tags: UK, London, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Britain, Home Office, Jamaica, Commonwealth immigration, Windrush scandal, Seth George Ramocan


Royal security guard locked up in immigration detention

Man separated from his child after Home Office tipped off about end of relationship with child’s motherA security official helping to protect Princess Anne was raided by nine immigration enforcement officials, separated from his toddler and held in immigration detention after the Home Office was tipped off that his relationship with the child’s mother had broken down, the Guardian has learned.South African Lydon Van Der Westhuizen, 29, had not committed any criminal offence when the enforcement ...
Tags: UK, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Guardian, Anne, Lydon Van Der Westhuizen


Revealed: how Home Office hires out staff to hunt migrants

Department criticised for ‘escalating hostile environment’ by selling officials’ services to firmsThe Home Office is selling the services of its immigration officials to private companies in a move attacked as an escalation of the “hostile environment” strategy.According to internal documents seen by the Observer, the department is attempting to embed immigration officers at a rate of almost £60 an hour as part of an “enhanced checking service” being offered to public services, understood to inc...
Tags: UK News, Immigration and asylum, NHS, Home Office, Sajid Javid, firmsThe Home Office


Home Office apologises to man, 90, told to fly to US to renew visa

Authorities refused spousal visa for over two years despite 25-year marriage to UK womanA 90-year-old man with serious physical and mental health issues who was informed he had to return to the US to apply for a visa to live with his British wife in the UK has been told it was all a mistake.Albert Dolbec, a US citizen, has been married to his wife Dawn, 84, for 25 years. For the past two and a half years, however, the Home Office had refused to issue him a spousal visa because, it said, he had e...
Tags: UK, US, UK News, US news, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Dawn, Albert Dolbec


Valentine's Day Tinder messages aim to stop deportations

Activists will use bot to try to send information on migrants’ rights to airline passengersAnti-deportation activists will be using a combination of Valentine’s Day and Tinder to lobby for migrants’ human rights.Supporters will hand their accounts on the dating app over to a bot designed to teach airline passengers how to spot a deportation happening on their flight – and how to stop it. Continue reading...
Tags: UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Jimmy Mubenga


'I can hardly sleep': the Zimbabweans facing deportation from UK

People who have fled torture and political intimidation fear being sent back to new regimeHome Office criticised for accelerating removals to ZimbabweWhen Chishamiso Mkundi, a Zimbabwean whose asylum applications have been rejected, arrived at the Home Office’s building in Sheffield on 4 December, he thought he was attending a routine appointment so the department could “update its records”. Instead he walked into an interview room to find a Zimbabwean government official.“This guy started by sa...
Tags: Politics, UK, Africa, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Sheffield, Zimbabwe, ZimbabweWhen Chishamiso Mkundi


Home Office abandons plan to force great-grandparents out of country

Couple would have left four children, 11 grandchildren and a great-grandchild if forced to return to IranThe Home Office has abandoned its battle to separate a couple from their four British children, 11 grandchildren and a great-grandchild by forcing them to return to Iran.The climbdown happened a month after the Guardian broke the story of the government’s attempts to force the 83-year-old great-grandfather, Rezvan Habibimarand, and 73-year-old great-grandmother, Mozaffar Saberi, out of the co...
Tags: Politics, Scotland, UK News, Iran, Immigration and asylum, Theresa May, Home Office, Edinburgh, Mozaffar Saberi, Rezvan Habibimarand, IranThe Home Office


Just 6% of vulnerable detainees released from UK immigration centres

Freedom from Torture says keeping at-risk abuse survivors ‘locked up’ is ‘unacceptable’Only 6% of detainees classified as “vulnerable and at risk” following abuse including torture, sexual violence or trafficking were subsequently released from UK immigration centres, according to shocking data.Annual government figures reveal that just 364 of 6,300 individuals who were identified by doctors and social workers as at particular risk of harm were subsequently allowed out of detention. Continue rea...
Tags: Politics, UK, Human Rights, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Mental Health, Torture, Sajid Javid, Commonwealth immigration, Windrush scandal


Families and lawyers call for end to deportations of long-term UK residents

Relatives of people sent to Jamaica this week say policy of double punishment is unfairThe families and lawyers of people who were deported to Jamaica this week have called on the government to stop expelling people who have lived in the UK since childhood.At least nine people who had been due to be deported on Wednesday but who were given a last-minute reprieve have been in the UK since they were children. Media coverage of their cases appears to have prompted officials to reconsider decisions ...
Tags: UK, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Jamaica